Finding a Wife

November 18, 2014

One of the joys of being a Christian at FirstBoynton is the relationships with other members. Folks genuinely love one another. One special relationship for me has been with a young man named Jon Gaydosh. We have had some lengthy conversations about the Lord’s working in our lives.

When we first met, Jon was single. He visited us when I was in the hospital and he would come over and watch football or soccer games with me. What I loved most was his desire for the Lord. Fast forward a couple of years and the Lord brought a beautiful, godly woman into Jon’s life. Her name is Rachel.

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Don’t Follow Your Heart

November 11, 2014

And the Lord says: “Because they have forsaken my law that I set before them, and have not obeyed my voice or walked in accord with it, but have stubbornly followed their own hearts…

–Jeremiah 9:13-14

How many times has somebody told you to simply follow your heart? That probably isn’t the best advice you can get. In Jeremiah’s day, the Lord indicted the people for following their own hearts. Why? Jeremiah explained later in his writings that “the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick (Jeremiah 17:9).”

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Jonathan Merritt

Jonathan Merritt

Jonathan Merritt’s recent article begins and ends with perplexing ideas. The opening paragraph sets the stage for an article that lands in left field.

The only thing I learned about saints growing up Baptist in the American South was that one-day they were going to “come marching in” and I apparently wanted “to be in that number.” More than two decades later, I still don’t know what the heck that means.

Why Protestants need some saints of our own – On Faith & Culture.

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What Have I Done?

November 5, 2014

I have paid attention and listened,
but they have not spoken rightly;
no man relents of his evil,
saying, ‘What have I done?’
Everyone turns to his own course,
like a horse plunging headlong into battle.
–Jeremiah 8:6

The opposite of repentance is to continue in sin. Jeremiah paints a picture of the unrepentant person as one who is like a horse. This horse stands on the top of a hill looking down at the battle below. Determined to be a part of the battle, he charges head first down the hill and into the fray.

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The Lying Pen of the Scribes

November 4, 2014

“How can you say, ‘We are wise,
and the law of the Lord is with us’?
But behold, the lying pen of the scribes has made it into a lie.”
–Jeremiah 8:8

Technology has changed the way in which we speak of the writing process. Today we call the one who writes a book an author. Often the author’s tool for creating words is a keyboard on a computer. But in Jeremiah’s day the writers were called scribes, especially those who wrote about God and his ways. Instead of a keyboard they used a pen.

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Treated Better By Atheists

October 27, 2014

A popular “evangelical” blogger decided to tackle the subject of the near sacrifice of Isaac by Abraham found in Genesis 22. This passage has long been Exhibit A for those who question the God of the Old Testament (as if He is different from the God of the New Testament) and question the divine inspiration of Scripture.

Her hand is revealed when she makes this statement,

How could I ever bring myself to worship a God who, if these accounts are true, ordained and derived glory from actions I believe are evil?

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The Forehead of a Whore

October 24, 2014

You have the forehead of a whore;
you refuse to be ashamed.

–Jeremiah 3:3

If you have read this blog for any length of time, you know that I don’t employ shock value as a device to get readers. I normally would not use a word like whore simply to attract attention.

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Broken Cisterns

October 23, 2014

For my people have committed two evils:
they have forsaken me,
the fountain of living waters,
and hewed out cisterns for themselves,
broken cisterns that can hold no water.

–Jeremiah 2:13

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Concierge 14.10.17

October 17, 2014

Sermons Are “Fair Game” in Houston–The Real Warning in the Subpoena Scandal
Al Mohler at AlMohler.com

What is happening in Houston is one of the egregious acts of government intrusion into the realm of religion in America. The mayor and her cohorts have bulldozed a hole right through the wall that is supposed to protect religious practice from government intrusion.

This is a breathtaking violation of religious liberty — and it is political thuggery at its worst. Make no mistake: A major American city has subpoenaed the sermons of Christian pastors. And those sermons were to include anything that touched on homosexuality or gender identity.

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Three and a half decades ago, I was a 19 years old soldier serving in Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. On the evening of October 15th of that year, my stomach was doing somersaults and I was splashing water on my face as my daughter Leah was making her entrance into the world.

That beautiful baby girl was just beginning to be a source of learning for this man. Over the years, we have laughed and we have cried. One thing is certain – the Lord has placed her into my life to teach me much.

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